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Sounds damaged hard drives make

  • Clicking

  • Clunking

  • Grinding

  • Beeping

  • Clanking

  • Phaser



What does a

damaged hard drive

sound like?
Click on the image below for sounds that damaged drives make.

hard drive sounds

Hard drive failure sounds

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This page will give you a general idea of what a particular hard drive problem sounds like. If your drive mimics any of these sounds cease from powering it on at all. Click on the link to download the audio file before the descriptions of the stated problems.

DAMAGED HEADS are a very common problem with all types of hard drives. If your drive is making a sound resembling this noise , then clean room work and parts will be required for this recovery. This particular sound is from a fujitsu drive that had been dropped.

DAMAGED HEADS This is another example of what damaged heads sound like. This particular drive is making a clunking noise.

Grinding This is the worst possible noise you can hear from a hard drive. It's a grinding sound that results from the heads grinding away at the platters destroying the drive. This is a result from powering on the drive too many times after the heads have gone bad.

STICTION Another very common problem with laptop hard drives is stiction. If you can hear a sound coming from your drive that sounds similar to this and you cannot hear the motor spin up, then stiction may be the problem. This is very common in laptop hard drives that have over heated or have been dropped. Stiction requires clean room repair and in most cases parts are needed. This problem occurs when the heads come in contact with the platters from a drop or heat usually, then becoming "stuck onto the platters" causing potential head and platter damage. Most cases like this can be recovered successfully if no tinkering or further damage is done to the drive.

Dirty Heads On this particular Western Digital drive a loud ticking sound was heard. This particular sound was dirty read/write heads. When a case like this happens the drive must be opened in a clean room and the heads cleaned or replaced using special procedures.

Seized Spindle This is what a Seagate 3.5" hard drive sounds like after a drop. This is very common in Seagate hard drives that have seized up. You will not hear the motor spin up, only a beep will occur. This sounds much like stiction that usually occurs on 2.5" drives after a drop.

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Common Hard Drive problems

Clicking Hard Drive data recovery

If you hear your drive clicking, clunking, beeping, buzzing, grinding, or making any abnormal sounds do not attempt to run any software on it or continue to power it on. Shut the drive off immediately and call a professional.

In most cases this is a good sign that you will need a level 3 recovery to replaced damaged heads. It can also be a seized motor, stiction, dirty heads, or even other problems.

Dropped Hard Drive data recovery

A huge portion of drives that come in for recovery are from physical abuse. When a laptop or external hard drive is dropped this usually causes some kind of physical damage. Most cases of dropped drives turn out to need head replacements, which is also a level 3 recovery.

Virus corruption or accidental format data recovery

When a virus has corrupted your operating system causing the system to no longer boot up this is considered a level 1 or logical data recovery. There is nothing physically wrong with the drive and a clean room repair is not needed in cases like this.

I/O errors data recovery

Disk read errors data recovery

Windows blue screen errors data recovery

If you are having I/O device errors, disk read errors, or your computer is blue screening there is a good possibility that your hard drive has developed numerous bad sectors. In cases like these the likelyhood of recovery is normally very good if the drive is not continuously tampered with causing more problems. Special hardware is needed to read bad sectors. Using software on drives like this will cause more damage. The only time software should ever be used is if the drive has no physical problems and the data loss is stricly a logical problem.

RAID data Recovery

If you suddenly experienced RAID failure it's very important to stop at once, label the drives in the correct order of the ARRAY and contact a professional. Normally one or more drives have failed bringing the entire RAID down. These can be very complicated to recover from depending on how many drives are in the ARRAY and what type of damage has been done. After the repair has been completed the entire ARRAY must be rebuilt before the data can be recovered.


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Tips
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Do not open your drive.

Do not cook your drive.

Do not freeze your drive.

Do not continue to power the drive on.

Do not run checkdisk.

Do not bang the drive.



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